MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI also known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a technology that allows physicians to take a look into the body. The images are very detailed and show muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons very well. It has many advantages especially the fact that it uses magnets, not radiation, to produce images. Furthermore, large doses of radiation over a lifetime can increase the risk for certain types of cancer. Our Magnetic Resonance Imaging is safe and has not been linked to an increase risk of cancer. It is excellent at looking at the brain, breast, soft tissue and bone. At EmegrencyMD we use the latest technology to produce high quality images. We pride ourselves on ease of scheduling, convenience and cost.
Why Are We The Best?
Our scanner is onsite at our main campus which is a 14k sq. foot facility with ample and convenient parking including a patient drop-off area. Unlike competitors this means that our urgent. care and primary care patients won’t have to be shipped out and around town for imaging.
Unlike most imaging centers, our center has extended hours and weekends and is open 7 days a week. The EmergencyMD radiologists will return readings within 24hours and many times the same day. Our physicians are onsite and available to review results 7 days a week and after hours.
We employ experienced technologists and there is always an onsite Emergency Physician and Nurse. Magnetic Resonance Imaging is very safe and allergic contrast reactions are rare, but having a doctor there brings peace of mind.
MRI – Brain
Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides detailed images of the brain and can detect conditions such as stroke, tumors, multiple sclerosis and many other neurologic conditions.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Traditional
There are two main types of MRI’s. Traditional MRI and Open Bore MRI. While Open Bore MRI can reduce claustrophobia, the images are often not as high quality as Traditional MRI and may limit the diagnosis of certain conditions. EmergencyMD offers Traditional MRI, but also offers sedation and relaxing music for those who are nervous or have claustrophobia.
One of the most common uses of this technology is to take images of the neck and back. Our scanner can show very detailed images of the spine and help our doctors diagnose the cause of your pain. Structures such as nerves, discs and bone are easily visible to doctors utilizing Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
What can I expect BEFORE my MRI exam?
There is little preparation for an MRI exam. Take your daily medications as you normally would, unless instructed otherwise. There are few dietary restrictions for an MRI. For those exams, you will be notified of the requirements.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam and check in with the receptionist. You will need to complete the MRI screening form.
To eliminate possible MR safety issues, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. A locker will be supplied to secure your belongings.
A technologist will verify your identification and the requested exam. Your screening form will be reviewed by the technologist in consultation with the radiologist if indicated. If MRI contrast is indicated for the exam, an IV catheter will be inserted in your arm by a nurse or technologist.
DURING my MRI scan what should I expect?
During your test, our technologists will ask you to lie flat on our exam table and focus on your comfort. You will be required to lie as still as possible for the duration of the scan.
If you feel uncomfortable or are anxious about the exam you may be provided medication to relax you. If you think you may need medication remember to bring a driver.
The technologist will offer you headphones to protect your ears from loud noise and with music for relaxation.
Most scans take between. 15 and. 30 minutes and your comfort is important to us. We can take breaks as needed.
What can I expect AFTER my scan?
After your scan we will schedule you for a follow up appointment to discuss the results and treatment options if needed.
You may resume normal activities unless you have received sedative medications which should prevent you from driving or operating machinery until the medications have worn off.
You may b asked to hold certain medications like Glucophage for 2 days if you have received IV contrast.
A Results are available (often the same day) but almost always within 24 hours. You may receive a disk with images and your results will be available on the patient portal. We do not typically review results by phone due to the complexity of the discussions and subject matter.